New hotel and convention center plan gets Kearney city council approval

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) A new $34 million hotel and convention center in Kearney is one step closer.

The Kearney Investment Corporation, which owns the current Holiday Inn, plans to build a new Holiday Inn and a convention center on a ten-acre site just west of the Hampton Inn and north of Talmadge street in south Kearney.

Tuesday night the city council designated the site as an Employment Empowerment area, which will allow for a special taxing district to pay for street and sewer construction.

A city council memo indicates the new hotel would be five stories and contain 164 rooms. The hotel would include an indoor swimming pool, restaurant, lounge, coffee shop and gift shop.

The convention center would be 100,000 square feet and would be able to hold up to 2,500 people. Parking around both facilities is also part of the project.

The Kearney Community Redevelopment Authority approved the plans last week. The city council is voting on the plans at Tuesday night's meeting. The CRA and the Kearney Investment Corporation anticipate asking for Tax Increment Financing for the so-called Younes Redevelopment project.

The city council memo indicates the project would bring about 75 new jobs to Kearney.